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River Forest Fire Department news

Excerpts from Oakpark.com:

Jim Eggert will step down this summer after 13 years as chief of the River Forest Fire Department, but he’ll remain on a consulting basis to mentor his replacement, finish projects and serve as the department’s institutional memory.

As part of the responsibilities spelled out in a post-employment agreement approved unanimously by the River Forest Board of Trustees on April 24, Eggert will continue to provide Deputy Chief Kurt Bohlmann guidance in the areas of budgeting and human resources and other departmental operations and concerns after he becomes chief sometime this summer.

Eggert also will handle the post-delivery tasks for a new fire truck and provide some assistance with the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center, which serves River Forest, Oak Park, Elmwood Park and Park Ridge. Forest Park will soon join the agency as well.

The 62-year-old Eggert, who has served as River Forest fire chief since 2004, will do 40 hours of in-person work annually and unlimited telephone conversations through December 2019.

In exchange, the village will pay for Eggert’s medical insurance and his wife’s Medicare supplement. He will not get sick leave or a departmental pension; he did not apply for a departmental pension. Cost of the agreement over the two-and-a-half years is estimated at $25,000.

The contract will allow Bohlmann to transition effectively into his new role and give him the time to also manage both roles while he also delegates the authority of the deputy chief’s position to the lieutenants.

Bohlmann’s current job will be eliminated in next year’s budget as a cost-cutting measure, saving the village an estimated $150,000. Discussions about cutting the deputy chief’s job and Eggert’s retirement were going on simultaneously. 

Eggert has been a firefighter his entire adult life. The son and brother of firefighters, the Hinsdale native worked a little more than six years for the department in his hometown and went to the Tri-State Fire Protection District in 1978.  He rose in the ranks during his 26-year career there, serving as chief for about 10 years until his retirement in 2004. He gets a pension from that district.

River Forest has a 22-member fire department with 18 firefighters, a chief, deputy chief, fire marshal, and a lieutenant to coordinate departmental training.

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Box Alarm in River Forest, 3-26-17

This from Steve Redick:

Lake and Park, a short block from the firehouse. I understand there was a fatality in this fire. Nothing to see when I arrived but got some nice rig shots. Fire was in the basement and well contained in short order.
River Forest FD Smeal quint at a fire scene

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River Forest FD fire engine

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house fire scene

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River Forest FD quint at fire scene

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Forest park HME fire engine

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Cicero FD Truck 2

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North Riverside FD Engine 808

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Maywood Fire Department fire engine

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Oak Park FD HME fire engine

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River Forest Fire Department news

This from Dan McInerney:

The River Forest FD responded to William and Holly Court Monday afternoon (1/9/17) for a man stuck in a construction lift. A River Forest Forestry Department arborist was stuck in a Hi-Ranger articulating boom approx. 25 feet off the ground when the motor on the vehicle died, and they were unable to lower the boom. River Forest FD T219 responded and raised their main and brought the arborist down.
River Forest FD Truck 219

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Hi-Ranger bucket truck

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worker rescued from Hi-Ranger bucket truck

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worker rescued from Hi-Ranger bucket truck

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River Forest FD Truck 219

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River Forest FD Truck 219

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MABAS Division 11 Training (part 2)

This from Jeff Braun:

Here are more photos of Division 11’s structure fire training (10/19/16), the crews were training on forcible entry, roof/ ventilation ops, search and rescue, and hose line advancement. Thanks. -Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY) “

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MABAS Division 11 Training (part 1)

This from Jeff Braun Jr;

Here are some photos of Division 11’s structure fire training (10/19/16), the crews were training on forcible entry, roof/ ventilation ops, search and rescue, and hose line advancement. Thanks. -Jeff Braun Jr. (COUNTY-WIDE FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY) “

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3-Alarm fire and EMS Box Alarm in Cicero, 9-19-16 (more)

a few more photos from County-Wide Photography from the 3-Alarm fire and EMS Box Alarm in Cicero, 9-19-16

River Forest FD fire truck

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old Seagrave ladder at work

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Bedford Park FD Snorkel

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Forest View fire engine

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River Forest Fire Department news

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

United by a shared mission to help those who need it most, River Forest Township and the River Forest Fire Department have joined forces to better prepare seniors for moments of medical emergency.

This month, they have begun distributing a new ICE (In Case of Emergency) Packet to River Forest residents who are 60-plus years old. The ICE Packet contains a medical information form that can be completed by the resident and stored in one’s freezer, where paramedics can easily locate it. At the same time, seniors will receive a decal to be placed on the front of the freezer to draw paramedics’ attention to the fittingly named ICE Packet.

The Township’s involvement is a natural outgrowth of its mission to serve seniors, including promoting health and safety, said River Forest Township Supervisor Carla Sloan.

The form is an updated version of a document that the River Forest Fire Department has been distributing on a pilot basis for the past few years.

The fire department’s point person is Firefighter/Paramedic Dave Bochenek. He estimated that over the past year or two, 20 to 30 forms have been given to residents at gathering such as block parties and neighborhood association meetings.

River Forest Township has produced 1,500 ICE Packets that it plans to distribute in the coming months, starting with its events during Celebrating Seniors Week, which run through May 19th.

Similar forms have been used in other communities across the country and first responders firefighters have credited it as an ally in providing swifter, safer service, said Bochenek.

The ICE Packet is structured as a questionnaire in which an individual gives an up-to-date snapshot of his or her medical history, such as medications currently being taken as well as prior health conditions. Other elements include a listing of personal emergency contacts, insurance information, and other details designed to give first responders firefighters insight that helps them provide treatment.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act precludes paramedics from storing any of the information, so paramedics encourage people they transport to medical facilities to hold onto their ICE Packets.

“With the ICE Packet,” he continued, “even if the patient is unable to speak, there’s some pertinent medical history that might steer our treatment in a certain direction-and we can do it faster.”

 

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New ambulance fro River Forest

The from Josh Boyajian:

Here is a shot of River Forest’s new ambulance that was delivered earlier this month.
Its a 2014 Ford E-450 Osage Type lll Ambulance.
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2014 Ford E-450 Osage Type lll Ambulance for the River Forest Fire Department. Josh Boyajian photo

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Dive incident in River Forest, 3/8/15 (more)

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribune.com:

A 23-year-old Chicago woman, …identified Monday as Christina Hill … was found dead Monday morning after her car crashed into the Des Plaines River near River Forest Sunday evening the Illinois State Police said.

The accident happened near the intersection of Thatcher Avenue and North Avenue in the River Forest area, according to River Forest Fire Chief Jim Eggert. Emergency units on the scene sent divers into the water last night to search for a driver in the car or on the nearby riverbanks but found nothing initially, he said. Because of the lack of light, high water level and fast current, officials decided it was too dangerous to continue and ended the search around 10:30 p.m. last night.

During [a] renewed search Monday morning, the driver was found about 400 yards south of the accident, he said.

During the process of removing the vehicle from the river yesterday, River Forest police used the license plate to identify the driver as Hill. She was last seen alive around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, Eggert said.

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Dive incident in River Forest, 3/8/15

This from Steve Redick:

Had a great opportunity to take in a dive incident at North & Thatcher yesterday. A car went over the guardrail and wound up in the middle of the Des Plaines River. The local FDs do not have any kind of dive team available so they utilized Chicago Squad 7 divers from O’Hare. It was interesting to observe the placement of the access ladder and the deployment of the divers. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a good look through the tree branches but you will get the idea. Some unusual rigs were on the scene as well … squad 7 was using an old engine as a spare. I believe that the boat came from the North Riverside FD, and was deployed upstream from my location. The search found no one and as of this writing they have retransmitted a dive box to search further. I am guessing that the owner of the vehicle has come up missing.
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